Story-based fitness apps are increasingly popular. Whether it’s sending you on a “dangerous mission” while jogging in the park, or ordering you to do your superhero pushups, these apps give you ever-changing storylines that turn your workout into an exciting adventures.
Adventure-type storyline apps are ones in which you’re immersed in an interactive experience. These fitness apps not only keeps your mind entertained and diverted, but also gives you the satisfaction of accomplishing critical missions.
In the popular Zombies, Run!, completing certain running sequences within the designated time period brings rewards, gamer-style. You’re given assignments to run a certain distance to “go pick up supplies.” Once completed, you can choose whether which part of “Abel Township” to help shore up. Of course, sometimes you’re just running from zombies, and directed when you really need that extra burst of speed.
If walking’s your thing, try The Walk. The app’s arching storyline is that you’re a secret agent traveling across the United Kingdom, carrying a package that could save the world. The app takes you across 65 missions. Your steps are recorded, Fitbit-style, and “mapped” within the storyline. There’s also a built-in intensity adjuster, so that the episodes can match your level of fitness ability.
As the popularity of storyline apps grows, you’ll find a wealth of adventures to choose from. Many borrow from the gamer world’s addictive gimmick of earning rewards that help you within the game. In Battlesuit Runner, for example, you’ll more successfully evade the aliens once you’ve earned fitness points that allow you to upgrade your protective suit.
Motivational Story Apps
While adventure apps are perfect for cardio, you may also need some motivation for doing those challenging strength-training moves. There’s an app for that, too — in fact, many of them!
Superhero Workout creates scenarios in which each routine you complete successfully “activates” weaponry and shields, helps guard the planet from alien invasion. If you’re more of a romantic, try Burn Your Fat with Me, with an anime-style visuals, in which you can choose either a male or female gym crush to urge you on to complete that day’s routine. In each case, you’ll have visuals that show you the basics of the moves.